Initial Descent: June 10 – 16, 2018

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Our fearless editor Josh is away on vacation, no doubt depleting whatever town will have him of all their bourbon and listening to a fair amount of Waylon Jennings.  That’s how our man rolls, but in the meantime he left me the keys to the kingdom that is Initial Descent!

Which means I get to tell you that the titans of British stoner metal Orange Goblin are back with revolution #9 The Wolf Bites Back, and it’s a raw, chunky blast of hard rock and blissed stoner goodness that will have you quaffing heady ales and adding as much denim as your closet will hold.  Hoth return from a galaxy far, far away to bring their second full length Astral Necromancy, a concept album that, reading between a few lines has me believing this just might pick up with the progeny of the main character from 2014’s Oathbreaker, so if that was your jam you’re probably going to fall for this as well.  Elsewhere Dave Ingram (Ex-Bolt Thrower) and company are back on the third release from Down Among the Dead Men.  The crusty death on …And You Will Obey Me recalls some of the best  old school flavor while pushing past the kids with a deep and brutal modern production.  Finally if I were to pick a little something off the radar to bring to your attention it’s the hazy, occult doom soaked gaze of Frayle, whose debut EP The White Witch eschews stoner mentality and instead infuses its doom roots with a hypnotic vulnerable attack that shows some incredible promise for the future of the genre.  Plus there’s a kickass Portishead cover, so what are you waiting for?  Let’s get into it and let us know in the comments what’s been making your ears go crazy.
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 13 (10.16.2017)

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Fitting that we’re in October and are on lucky playlist number 13. Not sure about you but I stayed up way too late watching Hammer Horror films last night and am currently drowning myself in pot after pot of coffee. But, ’tis the season for this kind of thing. As usual we have an eclectic mix for you in the following playlist and since it’s Monday we all need an extra kick in the head to get moving. Catch up on the last 12 volumes right here and subscribe while you’re at it. Without further ado, hit the play button below and see what we’ve all been listening to.  Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Dio, Zao, Orange Goblin and more!

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July 28, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last couple of days:

    • Leading off…goddammit, the rumored Dio hologram tour is for real. Dates are here. Just know that if you go, I will hate you. And not out of jealousy.

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The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 24 (October 11, 2014)

It’s time for Episode 24 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, Dan and Corey take a listen to new albums from Godflesh and Orange Goblin, discuss recent news from Devin Townsend and Behemoth, and reintroduce SPORTS YEAH SPORTS into the Horns Up and Horns Down segments!

All that and much more on this week’s episode, so check it out!

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Just the Tip: October 7’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday! Here’s what we’ll be checking out on this week’s episode:

October 7, 2014

Godflesh – A World Lit Only by Fire (Avalanche)

Orange Goblin – Back from the Abyss (Candlelight)

Stench – Venture (Agonia)

Cerebral Extinction – Inhuman Theory of Chaos (Ghastly)

As you’re all likely aware, Blut Aus Nord and Winterfylleth have new stuff out this week, too. However, the former doesn’t drop until Friday, and the latter…just isn’t on Spotify, so here we are. We’ll cover both once they’re available to non-proper-metal bloggers like us. Anyway, take a listen to these for now and check back later this week for our thoughts in Episode 24!

-Dan

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